Reimagine Medicine

Reimagine Medicine is an innovative humanities-based summer fellowship for rising juniors and seniors preparing for health professions.

The program will be offered virtually in 2020, June 29-August 6, and will include the arts and their application in the context of medicine, personal introspection and preparation for the practice of medicine, and consideration of the systemic and ethical challenges highlighted by COVID-19.



ReMed seeks to foster the character, imagination, and practices needed to work effectively in contexts of human suffering and healing. Leaders in many disciplines — history, ethics, visual and performing arts, spirituality, and expressive writing, as well as doctors and other healthcare professionals from a range of specialties—help students explore themes often absent in traditional medical education.

Typically, ReMed Fellows live, eat, and learn together on campus during the summer intensive and participate in a full schedule of classes, hospital shadowing, and enrichment activities. Fellows also take a half-credit course in the fall (ETHICS 216), where themes and questions from the summer experience are explored further.

In response to the pandemic, ReMed 2020 will be offered virtually to an expanded cohort of students, during the summer only.

Lynn McKinley Grant leads a Seeing through Art session with Duke undergraduate students as part of the ReMed course.

Topics Include

  • ETHICS, to clarify fellows’ values, calling, and sense of purpose
  • HISTORY of MEDICINE, to provide context and vision for improving the current system
  • MINDFULNESS theory and practice, to improve awareness and manage stress
  • IMPROVISATION, to develop interpersonal skills, communication, and responsiveness
  • EXPRESSIVE WRITING, from stream-of-consciousness to poetry, trauma to peace-making
  • MUSIC, to connect and communicate without verbal language
  • EMBODIMENT—what it means to inhabit and treat a human body
  • STORYTELLING, as the revelation of our shared experience and humanity
  • VISUAL ART, to encourage close observation and improve perception
  • and more!

ReMed students with parachute

Adjusting to Current Realities

Hospital shadowing, “family dinners,” and community living are not feasible during a global pandemic. The program will adjust to current circumstances by bringing doctors, artists, faculty, and students together virtually for creative, interactive lessons and discussions; connecting this year’s cohort with previous Fellows for time in community; hosting a medical book club; and pairing each Fellow with a physician mentor in their geographic region or medical area of interest to explore what a life in medicine entails.


2019 fellows at hospital

Selection Criteria

Students preparing for health professions are encouraged to apply in the spring of their sophomore or junior year at Duke. Successful applicants will demonstrate:

  • Academic excellence
  • Commitment to the integration of non-science disciplines into the study and practice of medicine
  • Desire and commitment to constructive collaboration
  • Emotional intelligence and resilience
  • Openness to learning from others, considering multiple perspectives, and taking risks in order to learn and grow


Reimagine Medicine mindfulness

Current ReMed Fellows

Past ReMed Fellows

2019 ReMed group photo
2018 ReMed group photo

Contact Information

Gair McCullough, MAT, MACP
Program Coordinator